Weather to Fly
Elbow Lyrics


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Are we having the time of our life?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we part of the plan here?

Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we part of the plan here?

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up, frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly, perfect weather to fly

Pounding the streets where my father's feet still
Ring from the walls, we'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try? Perfect weather to fly

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up, frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly, perfect weather to fly

Pounding the streets where my father's feet still
Ring from the walls, we'd sing in the doorways, or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread




That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try? Perfect weather to fly

Overall Meaning

Weather to Fly is a song by British band Elbow, which was released in 2008 on their fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid. The song is a contemplation of life's journey and the search for meaning, set against a backdrop of changing weather conditions. The lyrics suggest that the time is right to break free from convention and explore new possibilities.


The repeated refrain of "Are we having the time of our lives?" with the variations of "Are we coming across clear?" and "Are we part of the plan here?" emphasize the sense of uncertainty and questioning that pervades the song. The lyrics in the verses paint a picture of a small, cramped room where the singer and his friends are holed up, exploring their own emotions and thinking about where they are in life. The use of the phrase "Perfect weather to fly" suggests the sense of opportunity that is present, even in the midst of confusion and uncertainty.


The song reflects on the idea of finding one's path in life and the need to step outside of our comfort zones in order to grow and evolve. The repetition of "Why wouldn't you try?" reflects the importance of being open to new experiences and taking risks in order to reach one's full potential. The song has a poetic quality, with a mix of detailed imagery and abstract thoughts that create a sense of mystery and exploration.


Line by Line Meaning

Are we having the time of our life?
Wondering if we're living life to the fullest


Are we having the time of our lives?
Repeating the question, emphasizing the importance of enjoying life


Are we coming across clear?
Asking if our message is being understood


Are we coming across fine?
Repeating the question, emphasizing the need for clear communication


Are we part of the plan here?
Questioning if we have a role in the greater scheme of things


We have the driver and time on our hands
We are in control of our own destiny


One little room and the biggest of plans
Despite our modest surroundings, we have ambitious goals


The days were shaping up, frosty and bright
The weather is clear and crisp, signifying new beginnings


Perfect weather to fly, perfect weather to fly
An invitation to take flight, to take risks and pursue our dreams


Pounding the streets where my father's feet still
Walking in the footsteps of our ancestors, carrying on a legacy


Ring from the walls, we'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Life involves both harmony and discord, love and conflict


Just figuring how we were wired inside
Trying to understand our own inner workings and motivations


So in looking to stray from the line
Exploring paths outside of the norm


We decided instead we should pull out the thread
Making a deliberate effort to break away from the past


That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
Acknowledging how the past can hold us back


And why wouldn't you try? Perfect weather to fly
Encouraging others to take risks, given the favorable conditions




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CRAIG LEE POTTER, GUY EDWARD JOHN GARVEY, MARK POTTER, MARK ELLIS POTTER, PETER JAMES TURNER, RICHARD BARRY JUPP

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Lyrics
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we part of the plan here?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we part of the plan here?
We had the drive and the time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly
Perfect weather to fly
Poundin' the streets where my father's feet
Still ring from the walls
We'd sing in the doorways or just bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly
So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly
We had the drive and the time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly
Perfect weather to fly
Poundin' the streets where my father's feet
Still ring from the walls
We'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly
So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Guy Edward John Garvey / Craig Lee Potter / Richard Barry Jupp



All comments from YouTube:

@steve7190

2023 and still an absolute gem. Thank you

@terjeaxelsen7323

Whenever I'm out travelling I lay down on my bed for half an hour before dinner listening to Elbow. Have done this for years and feel so much better after having done it. This is a song that brings out tears in my eyes almost every time I listen to it. It reminds me of friends longer with us.

@MD-ru5vs

It sounds like a new musical therapy you just described. I think you are right, give it a chance and most of all enjoy it. This band is perfect for it. They are so special.

@michaeldoherty4221

What a band.
If i was to pick band to be a part of it would Elbow.
I understand their Music and their lyrics.
Their songs remind me of my late teenage years of 80s going into my 20's into the 90's.
The music transports me to that time. A carefree time, where i don't remember having to many worries at all.
Now 50 i listen to Elbow and look back at my younger years with fondness.
My mates, the Ex Girlfriends and the people who are mo longer with us.
Jesus what a time it was.

@geoffreywall6031

My wife walked down the aisle to this song at our wedding on the weekend. Couldn't hold back the tears

@benmcconaghy3313

+Geoffrey Wall Great choice guys. can't blame you for crying. this song touches a spot in my heart.

@jamessteven711

Nice congrats and good song choice

@CiderHead

I hope you haven't changed your number mate...wow that is amazing i would of crying with you 😂. My absolute favourite band hands down since 2002. Respect mate

@TheRachidaidani

This song is perfectly suitable for a birth, a wedding and a funeral which is actually an almost impossible thing to do.. This song resonates life.. ❤️

@garysteven7896

Yeah , I can just imagine people singing along "are we having the time of our lives"
At a funeral

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